An eye-witness at Louvain.
Brief account of the events that took place at Louvain on the 25th, 26th and 27th August, 1914, pp. 3-9 ff. PDF (3.3 MB)
3 BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT LOUVAIN ON THE 25TH, 26TH AND 27TH AUGUST, 1914. Except where stated to the contrary, I was an eye-witness of these events. I cannot guarantee the precise accuracy of the times given in the report, but they are certainly approximately correct. For reasons which will readily be understood, I am obliged for the time being to remain anonymous. Dr. of Physics and Mathematics. Professor at Louvain. Artillery firing audible to the north of the town. Tuesday a brisk fusillade broke out in the 25th August, lasted three or four minutes. 6.30 p.m. Suddenlv' town and A rumour came that the French were approaching the town from the south. Some German soldiers who 7.0 Pam. had come to the College to arrange for quarters went off in a state of great excitement. Desultory 8.0 p.m. firing on the Boulevards; then a fusillade increasing in volume in the streets in the +7icinitV of the1 (,^Wlp. 71-i1JI-4 mobs -: - in the garden. - ±iVo Wuli Wiiisllg The fusillade died down, to continue intermittently till 9.0 p.m. 11 o'clock at night. Very violent fusillade in the town; the fire of a mitrailleuse 11.0 p.m. was heard for a few minutes. I went to sleep. Awakened by the glare of burning houses. Went up to the Wednesday. roof of the College. Several houses in suc- 26th August, cession broke into flames. By the Old Market 1 O'clock in Place, on which the University Library building th mabuts, houses blazed up and collapsed one after another. Watched the progress of the fire anxiously. 1.30 a.m. The houses next to the Library were on fire. 1.45 a.m. The first flames darted through the roof of the Library. B (33)29137(25669) Pk 270 1500 6115 E & S B
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